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Causal CognitionA Multidisciplinary Debate$
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Dan Sperber, David Premack, and Ann James Premack

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524021

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524021.001.0001

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(p.650) (p.651) Afterword
Causal Cognition

David Premack

Ann James Premack

Oxford University Press

The two conflicting traditions of causality in psychology are both represented in the book: the arbitrary tradition of Hume in which causality is learned, and the natural tradition of Michotte, in which causality is directly perceived. Delay evidently affects arbitrary and natural causality differently. Although not affecting judgement in the natural case, in an arbitrary case when humans pressed a lever to produce a light, delay weakened both instrumental responding and judgement of causal relationship. While the judgement of natural causal relations remains untouched, delay weakens the judgements of arbitrary causal relations.

Keywords:   causality, arbitrary tradition, Hume, natural tradition, Michotte, judgement, causal relationship, causal relations

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